What keeps me awake at night? What angers me to the core? What do we really want to change in Croydon? These are the issues I’m taking action on. Further down the page, you’ll find what I’ve managed to change so far and what solutions we need next.
- Affordable housing. Our young people are living in overcrowded bedrooms with no room to study, our families are being forced to share bedrooms because they can’t afford rising rents.
- Living Wages. Twenty five percent of people working in Croydon earn less than a Living Wage. People are often doing stressful and dirty work living with constant financial pressures that cause huge damage to personal health and family life.
- Quality work experiences. Many students tell me they are unable to find the experiences that will support them find good work. Too many of our young people are trapped in a vicious cycle of having no experience, meaning they can’t a job.
- Taking pride in our streets. People who drop litter and think somebody else will pick that up. Companies who aren’t taking enough responsibility for their bit of the high street.
- Ensuring our town gets the recognition it deserves. Too often Croydon is overlooked and knocked in the media.
So, you might ask, “well who is that somebody who is going to act?” That somebody is me and it is you. We have to talk about all these inequalities; we have to be real about what hurts us and keeps us awake at night. And then we do something about it. I’m focused on taking action, I aim to leave no stone unturned and I want to collaborate with others who are up for changing things in our borough. Here’s some of the things I’ve initiated, created and participated in my work to date.
A rapid and resilient economic recovery from the covid-19 crisis must be a green recovery. The organisations and Councillors below have collaborated to develop a Green Recovery Plan for Croydon. Let us know your reactions and join us to make it a...read more
https://youtu.be/HSC7xjUIkZg Hi all, As some of you will know I was hoping to stand to become Labour’s London Assembly Member for our area, Croydon and Sutton. With the announcement by the Labour Party that the seat is an all women shortlist I’m really...read more
How can we tackle both the climate crisis and rising inequality? Yes, that’s right - a Green New Deal which combines the power of our local movement and a Labour Government. We need a massive investment to move to a zero-carbon economy rapidly, creating...read more
While a Labour Mayor and Council are taking a lead, we need the investment of a Labour government to ensure our children’s lungs are safe. Poor air quality is arguably the most important Public Health issue facing London today, every year contributing to...read more
The system is broken...only a #peoplesplan where we take charge can fix it!Croydon and Sutton should be fantastic places for everybody to live but right now we’re not in charge. A Tory government implementing austerity in collusion with big businesses and...read more
Our area, Outer London, is rapidly changing and dramatic transformations are on the way. Our population is growing, house building is increasing but both poverty and gentrification are moving outwards too.To support the effort to win good jobs, decent...read more
Achieving the #peoplesplan for Croydon and Sutton means providing an environment in which our people and responsible businesses can thrive. And as most working people will know, having seen wages stagnate over a decade and services slashed to the bone in...read more
Climate change is happening much faster than predicted and yet man-made global warming emissions are still rising every year. The IPPC’s latest report says we have just 12 years to turn this around if we want to stand a chance of avoiding the most serious...read more
The rise of knife crime is a story of poverty, austerity and social deprivation. While in 2016/2017 London as a whole saw a 24% increase in knife crime, it was poorest boroughs which bore the brunt of this rise (with Southwark seeing a 46% increase,...read more
We know air pollution is damaging our children’s lungs and lives. I recently brought together a wide range of community activists from across Croydon to examine the Council’s Air Quality Action Plan and generate further ideas to reduce car use and move to...read more
Exclusions from Croydon schools, academies and free schools during 2015/16 There were 22 permanent exclusions from Croydon maintained schools, academies and free schools during the 2015/16 academic year giving a borough exclusion rate of 0.04%. This is a...read more
On 19th April as a member of the planning committee I was proud to vote to approve development of a premier league stadium for our premier league club, Crystal Palace. Now it’s time for the club to create long term community wealth by paying all its staff...read more
A citizen inspection gets results! Facing an increasingly poor quality service at our local leisure centre and a contractor who didn’t seem to care (this was Fusion, the Council’s previous contractor. The service moved from Fusion to Greenwich Leisure...read more
After getting organised we now have strong park action teams in each of our three parks - Trumble Gardsens, Thornton Heath Rec and Grangewood Park. This is enabling us to bring in resource, skills and capacity to make change happen. In addition we’ve...read more
https://youtu.be/ZZuM4zumHuM Thank you for attending and contributing to last weekend’s Thornton Heath Youth Open Day. Please see below for a short write up of the event and next steps. We got connected A wide range of organisations, local...read more
Thornton Heath Youth Open Day – Saturday 26th May, 11am to 3pm at St Paul’s Church, Saint Paul’s Road, CR7 8NB Sign up for free here >> https://thyouth.eventbrite.com It’s always disheartening to hear or read about incidents of knife crime in the news, but when...read more
5 ideas to build it from where we are: Thornton Heath, Croydon I headed down to the seaside for Labour Party conference which was has left me more energised and inspired. There was a real feeling of excitement, largely down to our new young members, and of course a...read more
My thanks to all those who’ve been involved in the general election. A great result for Croydon! Over the last year we've taken responsibility, taken pride and taken power to change our area. Be it winning good work, developing genuinely affordable homes or improving...read more
Our area is improving fast but we know there’s more to do. One of our key areas for focus this year is to campaign for new businesses to come to Thornton Heath and fill our empty shops. We’ll be supporting the fantastic effort of our local community who have already...read more
https://youtu.be/yy5bAuNFtnc We've got to take back control from IdVerde (formally called Quadron) who as Croydon's park contractor have consistently failed us and their staff under a contract awarded by the previous Tory administration. These failures include poor...read more
The new Good Employer Charter is building a network of Croydonians to do business responsibly As each news cycle tells us, we’re living in uncertain and insecure times. It’s easy to feel disempowered and disengaged when the world is changing so rapidly around us....read more
Our young people deserve a decent start. If our town is to be a town that genuinely works for all our young people, it’s going to be our responsibility, all our responsibilities to use every bit of power we have to secure our young good jobs. First Step Croydon has...read more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9W8Z93HEqA&t=10s Our powerful team of street champions, residents and businesses who have committed to take responsibility for their rubbish, to keep their part of the street clean and report 100% of incidents has gone from strength to...read more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp7C8quhuzA Get this in your diary! #ThorntonHeath join us to #takepride #take #action & #takecontrol of our parks 10AM, Sat, 10th June 2017 Meet at Thornton Heath Rec, Friends of the Rec's garden Follow up our meeting in February,...read more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui-h9LTcwwg To ensure we're investing in our people we've launched #GoodEmployer http://www.goodemployercroydon.com/ an approach to doing responsible business in our borough. To help our communities flourish the Good Employer Charter...read more
We've been mapping #hotspots to turn into #beautyspots. If you have a problem space or section of the street let firstname.lastname@example.org know and post picture in the facebook group. On May 8th 2016, 11-12.30 will then see us investigate those areas with a community...read more
A lack of genuinely affordable homes is the crisis of our time, with the cost of home ownership being out of reach for far too many. The current entry level price of a one bedroom flat in Croydon is around 200,000. To purchase this would require a deposit...read more
Right now our Croydon train stations are full of corporate advertising. What's more, they tell us what's on in London, but not what's on in our own town! For me, that's a disgrace, and something we've got to change fast. We've got to get Southern Railwayread more
Using the power of a Labour Council we’ve secured 2.5Million of investment to our local high street. This will see the stretch of road from Thornton Heath Library to the White Horse Roundabout much improved over the next two years. Investment will include: new street...read more
With a powerful team of people working together we've taken it to the streets. We've recruited resident and business street champions who have committed to take responsibility for their rubbish; to keep their part of the street clean and report 100% of...read more